Gabriel Pons of PONSHOP partnered with the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center for a three-day summer art camp from July 15-17, 2013. The theme of the camp was "Art Outside the Box". Students were instructed to draw upon the city's rich history and built environment to create a collaborative mixed media mural to be installed on the William Street facade of the museum. Throughout the three days, Pons gave the students a background of the history of graffiti and street art and coupled their activities to "interrogate" the cityscape of Fredericksburg. What is the message of the signage that we view in the streets day to day? How can students express themselves using only text or only imagery? How can we reinterpret historic themes in a new way? Below is a chronology of the workshop sessions. Students used wheat paste to collage imagery and maps relating to the city of Fredericksburg on six wooden panels. They were encouraged to explore writing their names using different styles and methods. Pons gave students a tutorial on how to design, cut, and spray various stencils and students then collectively painted the six panels using spray paint, acrylic paint and stencils. The completed panels were installed in the existing window wells of the museum. Thanks to Janelle Kennedy, interns Caroline Fogg and Dani Payne, and the staff of the Fredericksburg Area Museum for contributing to the success of this workshop. Special shout outs to our campers for the week. They're excitement and genuine enthusiasm made the project worth while. Good Job Students!
Gabriel Pons spent two weeks in July participating in the Summer Fun Festival organized by Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation. "Summer Fun" is a ten-day camp for children ages pre-school through 6th grade and allows kids to explore creative activities such as painting, kite-making, model making, cooking, and more. He taught a class called "Building Guru" which introduced students to the fundamentals of architecture and design. Throughout the week, children drew maps, made cardboard houses, constructed wooden bridges, and developed neighborhood streets. Below are some photos from the last day of classes, check it out: